Possibility of delayed cerebral infarction after pretruncal subarachnoid hemorrhage

Stefan A. Dupont, Alejandro A. Rabinstein, Eelco F.M. Wijdicks, Giuseppe Lanzino

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Abstract

Background: A pretruncal subarachnoid hemorrhage has been accepted as a "benign" entity. Here we present two patients with delayed cerebral infarction following pretruncal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Methods: Case report. Results: Two patients with possible delayed cerebral infarction after pretruncal subarachnoid hemorrhage were identified. Both patients developed basilar artery vasospasm within 2 weeks of their bleeding events. Although they remained clinically asymptomatic, the location and the timing of infarction implicated the observed focal arterial vasospasm. Conclusions: Clinicians should bear in mind the possibility of arterial vasospasm and ensuing cerebral infarction in patients with pretruncal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-275
Number of pages4
JournalNeurocritical care
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Delayed cerebral infarction
  • Pretruncal subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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